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Company: Dakota Access expansion doesn’t increase risk

Nov. 13, 2019 5:04 PM EST

LINTON, N.D. (AP) — Dakota Access pipeline officials argued Wednesday that the company’s proposal to double the line’s capacity does not increase the potential of a failure, a claim that has been long dismissed by opponents of the idea. Texas-based Energy Transfer wants to double the capacity...

Greta Thunberg hitches low-carbon ride across Atlantic

Nov. 13, 2019 4:44 PM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg hitched a renewable-energy ride back to Europe on Wednesday, sailing into the Atlantic on a trip she hopes will get her to Madrid in time for another climate conference, and then home for the holidays. Thunberg tweeted as she took to the sea...

Ex-government health chief joins warnings about EPA proposal

Nov. 13, 2019 4:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top government environmental health official joined health experts on Wednesday in expressing alarm as the Trump administration moves forward with a proposal that scientists say would upend how the U.S. regulates threats to public health. “It will practically lead to the...

Man who illegally bought tiger rug gets 1 day in jail

Nov. 13, 2019 4:19 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A New Jersey man who illegally bought a tiger skin rug years after being told it was a crime to do so has been sentenced to one day in jail. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said Wednesday that 62-year-old Loren Varga was also sentenced to two...

Hyatt will remove small bottles from hotel bathrooms by 2021

Nov. 13, 2019 4:15 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Hyatt Hotels Corp. is the latest hotel company to say it’s removing small bottles from its bathrooms in an effort to reduce waste. Hyatt says it is shifting to large, multi-use bottles for shampoo, conditioner, bath gel and lotion at its 875 hotels worldwide. The Chicago-based company...

Judge allows lawsuit seeking action on Lake Erie algae

Nov. 13, 2019 3:11 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge in Ohio says an environmental group pushing for mandatory regulations to prevent toxic algae blooms on Lake Erie can move forward with its lawsuit. The judge in Toledo issued a ruling Wednesday denying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s request to dismiss...

Volkswagen expanding electric vehicle production in US

Nov. 13, 2019 3:04 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is making Tennessee its North American base for electric vehicle production, breaking ground on an $800 million (727 million euro) expansion at its plant in Chattanooga. Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh was at the factory Wednesday for the expansion’s...

Alterra plans to buy Sugarbush

Nov. 13, 2019 3:02 PM EST

WARREN, Vt. (AP) — Alterra Mountain Company in Denver says it has entered an agreement to buy Sugarbush Resort in Vermont. The purchase would increase Alterra Mountain’s total year-round mountain destinations to 15 in six states and three Canadian provinces. Alterra’s chief executive officer...

Venice ‘on its knees’ after second-worst flood ever recorded

Nov. 13, 2019 2:50 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage. The water reached 1.87 meters (6.14 feet) above average sea level Tuesday, the...

Switzerland OKs linkup with EU’s emissions trading system

Nov. 13, 2019 12:57 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Switzerland has approved a change to its environmental legislation allowing companies to take part in the European Union’s emissions trading system. The measures agreed Wednesday mean that civil aviation and fossil fuel power stations will be included in the Swiss emissions trading...